BREAKING NEWS: Ladipo Spare Parts Market, Building In Lagos On Fire [Video] |The Republican News

Ladipo Market Lagos

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Men of the Lagos State Fire Service are currently battling to put out inferno which broke out on Sunday morning at spare parts sales line, Alapeju section of Ladipo Market, Mushin, Lagos.

As at press time, the cause of the fire was yet to be determined. The fire is said to have destroyed several items estimated to cost millions of naira.

The spokesman of the state fire service, Amodu Shuabu, who confirmed the incident , said efforts are in place to quell another fire that gutted a building at 36, Abeokuta Expressway, Cement, Dopemu,  Lagos.

Shuabu, however, appealed to residents to maintain peace as efforts are on to put out the raging inferno.

(Vanguard News)


Lagos Belongs To Benin – Obanikoro’s Grandson Layiwola Ajayi-Bembe Explains |The Republican News

Engr. Layiwola Ajayi-Bembe

– The grandson of the eighth Obanikoro of Lagos has spoken on the issue surrounding the ownership of the state

– Engineer Layiwola Ajayi-Bembe said Lagos truly belongs to the people of Benin

– According to the octogenarian, it was agreed at a meeting in 1903 that Obas in Lagos should not wear crowns

An octogenarian and grandson of the eighth Obanikoro of Lagos, Engineer Layiwola Ajayi-Bembe, has given a deeper insight into the history of Lagos and its relationship with Benin.

Layiwola also said that Obas in Lagos were historically referred to as ‘Elekos’ and did not wear crowns.

Speaking with’s correspondent, Adeoye Adewunmi, in an exclusive telephone interview, Layiwola, who is the chairman of County and City Bricks, disabused the minds of people who believe that Lagos is ‘no man’s land’.

Ajayi-Bembe explained that the decision of the Obas in Lagos not to wear crowns was resolved at a royal meeting held in 1903.

He further explained that Lagos belongs to the Bini (Benin) and not the Yorubas as it is misconstrued, adding that there are still relics of Benin all over Isale Eko.

He said, “Obas (in Lagos) – we don’t call them ‘obas’, we call them ‘eleko’ and they don’t wear crown.

“My grandfather was at a royal meeting in 1903 when there was a dispute of which traditional rulers should wear crowns.

“Ooni of Ife had to come all the way from Ife to Lagos upon the invitation of Governor (John Hawley) Glover.

“And the question they asked him (Ooni) was: ‘Who are the Obas that should wear crowns?’ He mentioned them – Lagos was not part of the list. We don’t wear crowns in Lagos.

“Lagos is Bini, not only because we came from Benin. There are signs and relics of Benin all over Isale Eko.

“Enuowa is in Lagos; Idumota is a Bini name; Iduntafa is Bini name; Idunmagbo is Bini name; Iduganran is Bini name; tell me, what further proof do you want (that the Bini own Lagos)?” (

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Buhari, Ambode Disagree Over Eko Atlantic City |The Republican News


The Presidency and the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, have disagreed over what President Muhammadu Buhari went to do at the Eko Atlantic City during his two-day working visit to the state.

Governor Ambode said in his official Twitter handle that the President went there to inaugurate the project.

The tweet read, “We took a tour of the Eko Atlantic City with Mr President as he officially commissioned (sic) the project. Eko Atlantic is a good example of what Public and Private Partnership can do to the Nigerian economy.”

However, Twitter went wild with many users pointing out that it was former President Goodluck Jonathan who in company with the then Governor,  Babatunde Fashola, and former United States President, Bill Clinton, that inaugurated the project in 2013.

The pictures of Jonathan inaugurating the project were also shared multiple times on the micro-blogging site.


In his response on Twitter, however, Buhari disagreed with Ambode, insisting that he only went to inspect the project.

Using the handle, @NGRPresident, he said, “The President did not commission (sic) or launch Eko Atlantic City. His visit was a tour as part of a two-day official visit to Lagos State and the plaque he unveiled was to commemorate his visit to the site.”   (Punch)

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Fire Consumes Family Of 4 In Lagos

An overnight fire has killed a family of four, simply identified as Eze’s family, at No. 13, Buraimoh street, Bariga area of Lagos.

The Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Mr Rasak Fadipe, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.

Fadipe said the incident occurred at about 2.48 a.m.

He said personnel of the service got to the scene of the incident as soon as they got information about the fire, but that due to the double burglary irons on the door and window of the apartment, they were unable to reach the victims in time.

“The apartment is a chemist store. The father, mother, and two children of ages five and eight were found dead inside the store.

“ We advise that although one needs security in his or her house or business place, it should not be to the detriment of the people.

“Members of the family should always know the exist of their apartment whenever there is an emergency,” the director said.

Some sources said that the deceased woman was pregnant mother of the two children, and that the fire started after electricity supply was restored to the area.

Others believed that the fire could have been caused by candle light. (NAN)

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Lagos Banker Allegedly Tortures, Poisons Wife To Death |The Republican News

                                           Olaoluwa and his wife, Maureen

Samson Folarin

A bank worker, Olaoluwa Adejo, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for the death of his 28-year-old wife, Maureen, at their home on Peluola Street, Oworonshoki, in the Bariga  area of the state.

The 32-year-old Lagos indigene was alleged to have tortured his wife of five years with a belt, as well as cutting her with a machete.

Their five-year-old son, Richard, in whose presence the incident reportedly happened, told PUNCH Metro that his father also forced a local insecticide, otapiapia, down the throat of his mother.

I am Richard Adejo. I am five years old. My daddy beat my mummy with a belt; machete her here (shows arms), machete her here (shows legs). He used the belt on her here (points at face); forced my mummy to drink otapiapia (insecticide). My daddy took my mummy away.

“My daddy said my mummy should get out of the house. My mummy said no. In the night, my daddy woke my mummy up and said, ‘Mosquito is too much, let me go and buy otapiapia’. My daddy forced my mummy to drink it. She shook her head. She vomited.

“My daddy slapped my mummy. My mummy did not do anything to him. My daddy gave her one blow. My daddy kicked her. My daddy told her to get out of the house and carry her load. Small blood came out. My daddy slapped her, kicked her, machete her, blow her, and put otapiapia in her mouth and in the food,” Richard told our correspondent during an interview on Monday.

The victim’s mother, Mrs. Kate Jonathan, told PUNCH Metro that Richard had given more graphic details of the incident to family members, police authorities and officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice.

She explained that her daughter had packed out of her matrimonial house five days to the incident and was living with her when she decided to return for a party at the children’s school. She said she never returned alive.

She said, “I was called on the telephone by an unknown number around 4pm on Sunday, November 12. The caller said, ‘Your daughter’s husband has killed her at Oworo’. He dropped the call.

“Around 5pm when I got to their house, I discovered that the house was locked up. There were two boys guarding the house and they refused to open the door to me, saying the owner of the house instructed them not to open the door.

“I didn’t see my daughter or her husband. I was begging them to open the door when I saw Richard jumping up through the window. He saw me and asked the boys to open the door, but they refused.

“I broke the louvers of the window. The boy climbed a stool and said from inside, ‘my father has killed my mother and taken her away.’”

She said she reported the case at the Oworonshoki Police Station, where she was told that the suspect had already reported that his wife committed suicide by taking local insecticide, Sniper.

Jonathan said after making her statement, she left the station.

PUNCH Metro was told that Olaoluwa had already deposited the body of his wife in the Gbagada General Hospital mortuary and had allegedly gone to obtain court documents to enable him to bury her.

Our correspondent learnt that he was asked to return to the police station for a certain document, which led to his arrest based on his mother-in-law’s complaint.

The suspect was said to have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.

However, the couple’s three children were said to have been taken to a family friend, a policeman, who lived in Agric, in the Ikorodu area.

Due to the insistence of the mother-in-law, the police were said to have demanded the release of the couple’s first child, Richard, for interrogation.

In a meeting at the SCIID, Yaba, Richard was alleged to have given an account of how his mother was allegedly murdered by his father.

The police reportedly ordered the removal of the corpse from the Gbagada General Hospital mortuary to the morgue of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

The victim’s mother, Jonathan, who claimed to have visited the mortuary, said Maureen’s body had machete cuts and other torture marks.

She said, “My daughter, who worked as the manager of my chemical company had, about a week to the incident, complained that her husband said we would soon see her obituary.

“I sent my eldest daughter to accompany her to the house to know what happened. The man  begged and said he was only joking. He said he really loved his wife. I insisted that she pack out of the house.

“She was in my house for three days before she said she wanted to return home because her children’s school would be having a cultural party. She left and went to the party with her husband on Saturday. It was that night that she was brutalised and killed by the husband. From what we saw in the mortuary, she had blood in her nostrils and deep cuts in her hands and legs.”

The victim’s mother asked that Maureen’s three children, namely, Richard, five; Henry, three; and Omowunmi, six months, be released to her.

The policeman with the couple’s two children, Ajisafe, said he believed Olaoluwa did not kill his wife.

He explained that the suspect’s aged mother handed over the children to him for safekeeping.

The 83-year-old mother of the suspect, Florence Adejo, also denied that her son murdered Maureen.

She said, “He came to knock on the door of my house late that night. He fell on the ground and started weeping and lamenting that his wife had destroyed him. A crowd gathered in front of the house where I am the landlady. They tried to console him. He said his wife took Sniper. He said he thought it was a joke until their son, Richard, went to bring the container of the insecticide.

“She was taken to a private hospital where she was initially rejected before she was taken to the general hospital where she died. I was told her mother sells the insecticide and she brought it home for mosquitoes. Why she decided to drink it is what is beyond my understanding. My son said they didn’t have any disagreement between them and she was not mentally ill.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, said investigations were ongoing into the incident.

He said, “The man came to report that his wife committed suicide. The DPO put some questions to him. We thought we should investigate further to know what really happened because there are some doubts we need to clear in the matter. The police are not accepting the claim of suicide hook, line, and sinker. The matter is at the SCIID and investigations are ongoing.”    (Punch)

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Julian Osula: The Ruthless Lion Of Victoria Garden City, Lagos And His Victims |RN

Julian-Osula (2)
If you live in VGC you may have come across his convoy, a Hilux filled with mean looking policemen in the front and another Hilux full of police behind. His favorite car is a Mercedes G63 Brabus which has no registration number beyond the word “Brabus” on it (it’s not the personalized shit o, dude is just too big to register his car), squeezed between the Hiluxes and other luxury cars.
You might be mistaken to think it’s President Buhari’s convoy as you are not allowed to overtake, those who have made that mistake nearly never lived to tell the story. The occupant is no president, no governor, not the Senate President not even an LG Chairman but an ordinary citizen called JULIAN OSULA (the bearded guy in the picture above).
Julian boasts about his power, and his police convoy will convince any doubter. He claims to be “very close” to Patience Jonathan and that even if The Jonathan’s are out of power his influence can never wane. But Julian for all his braggadocio is a simple trader. He sells luxury wristwatches to the high and mighty and Patience Jonathan was one of his biggest customers. He was one of the newly minted Niger Delta billionaires that sprung up last administration.
Well this story is about what Julian and his police guards have done to ordinary citizens who dared to overtake his convoy on public roads. The screenshot on the right is from a victim who claimed he pulled a gun on him on the road and they beat him up but let me talk about the one I know (the one on the left is about this case)
On Wednesday night, GBENGA ADEKOYA was going home to his family in VGC after a hard days job when he negotiated his land cruiser to overtake the slow moving convoy ahead of him. Almost fatal error, as soon as he did, a Hilux filled with Mobile Police crossed him, blocked him, hit his car with gun butts, dragged him out, beat the hell out of him and sprayed some chemical in his eyes.
The “big man” in the convoy was enjoying the show from his car. Gbenga was taken to the hospital and has now been flown abroad struggling not to lose his eyesight. A petition has been written against OSULA to the IGP, but Osula’s relationship with the top echelon of the Police is watertight and the petition may not see the light of day.
I am through this medium calling the attention of the FG, all law enforcement agencies, the Lagos State Government and any other responsible body to arrest and prosecute OSULA. They also need to explain to us how an ordinary citizen can use policemen paid for by tax payers to harass and endanger these same tax payers on roads built by their taxes.
In response to this incident the wife of Julian Osula had this to say:


Good evening all, I am Mrs. Oghogho Osula. Not a writer neither a blogger or active on instagram. I am writing about the unfortunate incident last week Wednesday 15th of November around 8.30pm at Chevron toll gate regarding Mr. Adekoya who I heard had a brief confrontation with a part of the security team in my husband’s convoy.
My husband Mr Julian Osula was not at the scene during the altercation, so he could not have supervised the security operatives.
Julian Osula has apologised on instagram, instablog. He has apologised on phone to Mr. Adekoya the next day because that was when he got his number, apologised to the wife as well on phone.
We are willing to apologise in person. We do not know them personally neither are we claiming to be untouchable.
We have no relationship nor connection with Patience Jonathan neither do we consider ourselves Niger Delta billionaires
The event is regrettable and the officers involved are facing disciplinary action.
Please hear from the other side before passing judgement.
I apologise and sympathise with the family and whoever is affected by this.
It was inadvertent and regretted.
My husband is the kindest and most generous person I know. He is God fearing and a lover of the down trodden. He likes to live the good life, because he believes you only live once, which may not go down well with many. The Brabus in question has a special registration as Brabus.
Please hear from the other side and ask other people who know him. He is a gentleman and a normal human being with strengths and weaknesses.
We have been seeking for an amicable solution
God bless you all
Oghogho Osula

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Lagos Named Third Worst City To Drive In The World – Forbes |The Republican News


Lagos State has been named the third worst city for drivers in the world, with 60 percent congestion and 10.70mph average speed.

Lagos was ranked third next to Karachi, Pakistan: 59 percent congestion, 11.20mph average speed and Kolkata, with India topping the list.

According to Forbe’s list, Dusseldorf, Germany came first as the best city for drivers, with 20 percent congestion, and 21.20mph average speed.

The website states that the list was arrived at after considering the following: an analysis of local congestion levels, an average cost of parking and fuel, average roadway speeds, air pollution levels, number of traffic injuries, and road quality.

Also considered ­– and what should seem like a no-brainer to international travellers – is the frequency and perception of road rage.

In the analysis of 100 international cities, Lagos is the only city in Africa that appeared on the list:

Best World cities for drivers:







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Man Set Ablaze, As Another Ritualists’ Den Is Discovered In Lagos |RN

… Over 100 syringes, telephones, ATM cards,  recovered

By Christopher Oji

One person was set ablaze and two others rescued by the Police in another suspected ritualists’ den discovered at the Challenge area of Mushin, Lagos.

Recovered from the suspects were two expensive phones, four Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards and about I00 syringes, with some filled with a substance believed to be blood.

A witness, Sunday Ogunjobi, said that one of the suspects was sighted dragging a female victim into a tunnel at Challenge bus stop and some people raised the alarm.

It was gathered that the victim was rescued while the suspect who dressed like a mad woman was arrested.

He said: “We observed that the suspect’s shirt was stained with blood and when he could not provide satisfactory answers to question on where he was taking the victim to and where he got the ATM and syringes, the mob descended on him and lynched him.

“He attempted to run into the tunnel which was later discovered to be the gang’s den but was caught and he confessed that other members of his gang were still inside the tunnel.
During a search of the tunnel, over 100 syringes with some stained with blood were re
covered. We have been seeing one of them around this vicinity for a while. We thought she was a mad woman. But what baffles us is that she will disappear for a while and reappear again. Before we knew it, two others had joined her.

At some time, they would be up to five lunatics sitting at the edge of the tunnel. It was not until today that we discovered that the mad woman was not mad at all and that she is not a woman as we thought. When we started beating the suspect, we discovered he was a man, not a woman.
A member of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Wasiu said when they entered the den, it was discovered that the tunnel links other parts of Lagos. It is like another world of its own.  (The Sun)

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Suya Seller Arrested Trying To Slaughter Girl For Suya |The Republican News

By Christopher Oji and Kenechukwu Madukaife

The Police in Lagos has arrested a roasted meat (suya) seller, Abdullahi, for allegedly attempting to slaughter a four- year-old girl for Suya.

The suspect had allegedly abducted the girl at the White sand area of Ebute Meta, while she was playing with her mates in an open field.

It was gathered that the suspect had taken the victim to a secluded area where he had attempted to slaughter the girl with a knife.

Daily Sun gathered that luck smiled at the little girl as a man who saw the suya seller trying to slaughter the girl raised the alarm, which attracted other people who rescued the girl. It was gathered that the suya seller who resisted the people stabbed one person and bit another.

Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, who confirmed the incident to newsmen yesterday said that the Good Samaritans succeeded in rescuing the victim from the grip of the suspect.

He said that one of the Good Samaritans in an attempt to disarm the suspect sustained a minor injury on his hand. He said: “The suspect was subsequently handed over to the Police at Denton Police Station, Oyingbo. Police investigation revealed that the suspect had abducted the little girl from where she was playing with her friends with the sole intention of slaughtering her. It is a clear case of kidnap and attempted murder.”

However, in a swift reaction, a brother to the suspect who identified himself simply as Ibrahim, at the venue of the parade claimed that the suspect was a sick person.

He alleged that the suspect was mentally unstable but that he was treated and discharged.

He said: “I am a suya seller. I sell suya at the White sand area of Ebute Meta. My brother was not okay before. He has been treated in the village five years ago before he came to Lagos. Maybe the sickness has come back again. 

“On the day of the incident, while we were selling suya, suddenly my brother started behaving funny. He grabbed the table and turned it upside down scattering the entire suya in the process.

We tried to hold him, but he escaped.

During the confusion that followed, he grabbed the little girl and we tried to free the girl from him. It was while we were trying to set free the little girl that one man sustained an injury on his hand.”    (The Sun)

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BREAKING NEWS: Luxury Bus From Enugu Plunges Into Lagos Canal

Samson Folarin


Tragedy struck in the Owode,  Ikorodu area of Lagos on Friday after a GUO bus conveying travellers from Enugu plunged into a lagoon.

According to the spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency, South West zone, Ibrahim Farinloye, three people, including the driver have been recovered dead.

He said 48 have been rescued alive from the river.

He said although the accident occurred around 3am, search and rescue was ongoing as of 9am.


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